Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Transforming Prayer

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Transforming Prayer

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HER family seemed trapped in a web of difficulties. "I can't see any possibility for change on the horizon -- that's what sinks my heart," she confided to her friend.

When her friend shared some ideas he'd learned about prayer through his study of Christian Science, she listened and became so interested that she took up the study of it, too. After that, her experience changed to such a degree that she described her "old" life as "a badly written story that finally began to be revised." This woman felt new -- full of hope. It didn't all happen overnight. But from the point where she began to pray with more understanding, a steady shift in the tide of events was noticeable.

A good look into Christ Jesus' ministry makes it obvious he understood that sickness, moral confusion, and victimization are not God's will and are not sustained by His law. It's on this basis that healing and progress can take place through prayer.

God is absolute, eternal Truth. His creation expresses His changeless nature, His goodness and perfection. Since God made man in His spiritual likeness, we are, in truth -- in our real selfhood -- absolutely good and perfect, and we can't change from that perfect status. Reasoning from these spiritual facts has a healing effect. As the absoluteness of good becomes clearer to us, our human experience is often dramatically improved.

Christ Jesus announced his mission of salvation and the terms for its acceptance when he said, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." The word repent is translated from a Greek word meaning "to change one's outlook" or "to revise one's whole way of thinking." Instead of believing that we have to wait for other people to change (or for them to get out of our way), we can repent of (give up) our belief in the lie that says man is material, separated from God, subject to unavoidable suffering. …

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